Sunday, July 17, 2011

Moving to Brasilia

In our series of short blogs on moving between different international locations, we highlight cost of living and other major differences likely to be experienced.

Today we look at moving to Brasilia in Brazil from Dhaka in Bangladesh.
In Dhaka people speak Bengali. In Brasilia people speak Portuguese.
Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh and the principal city of Dhaka District. Brasília is the capital of Brazil.

Dhaka is the commercial heart of Bangladesh. The city has a growing middle class population, driving the market for modern consumer and luxury goods. The city has historically attracted a large number of migrant workers.
The major roles of construction and of services (government, communications, banking and finance, food production, entertainment, and legal services) in Brasília's economy reflect the city's status as a governmental rather than an industrial centre.

The overall cost of living rank in Dhaka is 290 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations. An expatriate moving from Dhaka to Brasilia which has an overall cost of living rank of 7, which equates it with high cost of living locations, will experience a change in cost of living of 118.3%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Brasilia is ranked as a some hardship location with a hardship index of 20% compared to Dhaka with a hardship index of 40% which is an extreme hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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